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Subterranean Termite Species

Termite identification is based on:

  • Alate & soldier characteristics;
  • Feeding & nesting habits; and
  • Distribution

 Soldiers and Identification

  • Variation in size and morphology within a species
  • Soldiers are the final moult in the worker or wingless line for all termites
  • The worker line can have many moults e.g. up to 11 in Coptotermes spp.
  • Therefore, soldiers may differ in size within and between colonies of a species.
  • Size of soldiers and workers changes with colony age
  • Young colonies have smaller termites
  • Complicates identification
  • Once it has been confirmed, this may help to estimate the age and the likely size of the colony.

Soldier and worker size

If an infestation has small soldiers and workers, then colony probably young. Young colonies generally smaller = fewer mouths to feed, fewer feeding sites. Slower consumption rates?

  • If large termites, then colony is likely to be old. If old, then colony usually larger
  • Also if old colony, then why infest property now? Change in other food sources? Trees or other timber removed, neighbouring properties treated?
  • History of property and environs important

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Termite Soldiers And Identification

Termite Behavioural Differences

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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